Monthly Archives: July 2018

Finding the Poetry

“It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” That’s what William Carlos Williams said, the famous poet and doctor, from New Jersey of all places. He … Continue reading

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A Taste of the Absurd

Camus and Sartre started it all with that existentialism business. Think things through. Look at history. Be logical. Human existence has no provable inherent meaning or purpose. Existence is essence. There’s nothing else. Deal with it. Be a stoic hero. Give your … Continue reading

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Paranoia Strikes Deep

There’s the small shopping center down on the corner with a Starbucks and a multiplex and a trendy fitness gym and a Trader Joe’s – where Schwab’s Drug Store once stood, where Lana Turner, in her tight sweater, wasn’t really … Continue reading

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The Trump Transformation

The past is prologue. Go back to January 2008: Barack Obama, in his interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal’s editorial board, made the case that his movement is as much about a national moment as about him as a “singular” individual, … Continue reading

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At the Saturation Point

The saturation point is the stage at which no more of a substance can be absorbed into a vapor – the “dew point” in meteorology when things get wet in the morning – or the stage at which no more … Continue reading

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The First Duty of Intelligent Men

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious. That is what George Orwell was saying in 1939, in a review of a new book by Bertrand Russell: That is merely to say that we have now sunk … Continue reading

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Stopping the World

The Anthony Newley musical Stop the World – I Want to Get Off opened on Broadway in 1962 and was a smash hit. The 1966 film version wasn’t. Perhaps it was the whining. Each time something unsatisfactory happens to the … Continue reading

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